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Oklahomans seem willing to give tariffs a little more time, U.S. Rep. Kevin Hern says

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Some Oklahomans are noticing the effect of the country’s trade war with China, but most are not — and those who are seem willing to stick with President Donald Trump for now, 1st District Congressman Kevin Hern said Wednesday. “People are concerned about tariffs,” Hern said. “Those are taxes. But people understand it sometimes takes short-term pain for long-term gain.” Hern said he has met with a... Read more »

Cox Business Center renovation underscores need to address construction workforce gap, U.S. Rep. Hern says

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Against the backdrop of a $55 million renovation of the Cox Business Center, U.S. Rep. Kevin Hern spelled out the importance Tuesday of recruiting more people into high-paying construction careers locally and nationally. The United States has about 7.6 million unfilled jobs with only 6 million people looking for work, he said. “We’ve got a lot of folks that can work,” Hern said. “But we have to f... Read more »

Congressman Hern Visits Bartlesville, Talks Immigration Bill and Flood Remedy

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It was a busy Friday for Representative Kevin Hern (R, OK Dist 1) with visits to Vera and Bartlesville. Hern stopped by our radio station studios for an appearance on Community Connection hosted by Tom Davis after a stop in Vera and before his speech and Q and A at the Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce Forum held at the Bartlseville Community Center. Representative Hern talked about a bill he'd int... Read more »

Skiatook farmer pushes H-2A reforms at congressional field hearing

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Chad Selman, a Skiatook pecan and cattle farmer and Tulsa County Farm Bureau vice president, recently shared his concerns about agricultural labor during a congressional field hearing with Congressman Kevin Hern on July 22 in Tulsa. The hearing, hosted by U.S. House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access Ranking Member Kevin Hern and Chair Andy Kim, aimed to highlig... Read more »

Regulatory compliance takes out-sized share of their time and money, business people say

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Stigler banker Christopher Jordan summed up the impact federal regulations have had on his business with a simple example. “If you were to sit in on our strategic planning meetings, the focus has changed from ‘What do we need to do to make more loans and get more deposits?’ to ‘How are we going to deal with this compliance issue?’” Jordan told 1st District Congressman Kevin Hern and Congressman An... Read more »

Multimillionaire burger maker with Arkansas roots ready to legislate in Congress

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WASHINGTON -- Two decades after selling his North Little Rock McDonald's restaurant and moving to Muskogee, Okla., Kevin Hern is now a multimillionaire businessman and a congressman from the Sooner State. The Tulsa Republican was elected in November to fill the seat vacated by Jim Bridenstine, President Donald Trump's choice to lead the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. People who gre... Read more »

Congressman Kevin Hern on State of the Union: Trump evoked Reagan's 'shining city' speech

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U.S. Rep. Kevin Hern's first State of the Union address as 1st District Congressman evoked memories of President Ronald Reagan. "One thing that was different about his State of the Union was ... President Reagan, who was the first president I was aware of coming out of high school, talked about the 'shining city on the hill.' I heard that last night," Hern said by telephone Wednesday morning. An ... Read more »

Oklahoma congressmen constituents in support of standing firm on border security

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WASHINGTON — Oklahoma’s Republican representatives say most constituents support their unwavering demand for border security funding as the shutdown drags into the end of its fifth week. The state’s conservative elected officials back President Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion for a wall and other security measures at the southern border, calling on Democrats to come to the table to negotiate. The ... Read more »

Congressman Kevin Hern: 'This whole argument is really about 2020'

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First District Congressman Kevin Hern hasn’t been in Washington long, but he has been there long enough to conclude the current impasse hasn’t all that much to do with policy. “This whole argument is really about 2020,” Hern, who took office in November, told the Tulsa Republican Club on Friday. “It’s unfortunate. Sad. But that’s the politics of what’s going on.” The $5.7 billion President Donald ... Read more »

Tulsa World editorial: Kevin Hern's refusal to keep his congressional pay during shutdown is selfless, patriotic; the rest of Congress should do the same

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We congratulate U.S. Rep. Kevin Hern for his choice not to keep his congressional pay during a partial federal government shutdown. Every other member of Congress should do the same. Congress and President Trump are at an impasse over $5 billion in funding for Trump’s proposed wall along the southern border. It has left the nation without a completed budget. Nonessential portions of the government... Read more »